Best places to stay in Queensland

11 of the best places to stay in Queensland

It’s official: you’ll get more than a good night’s sleep at these best places to stay Queensland.

TripAdvisor’s 2017 Travellers’ Choice Awards have been revealed, with almost half of the top 25 hotels sitting pretty across the state from the Gold Coast to Port Douglas.

While the luxury Pinetrees Lodge on Lord Howe Island, NSW, took out the top gong, these Queensland properties will be feeling more popular than a chip amongst seagulls, after making it into the Top 25.

Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut, Cairns

A long-time favourite of families who want to experience the Great Barrier Reef, the Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut has more features than a European sports car. But let’s face it, it will have you at the giant jumping pillows and water slides.

Wonderfully friendly and helpful staff greet you at this brilliant resort. Clean, well maintained and extremely safe for children with loads for all to do.

~ Dee B, Toowoomba

Grange Resort, Hervey Bay

Grange Resort | best places to stay in Queensland

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Self-contained accommodation + pool bar = everything you could ever want on a holiday in Hervey Bay. And the Grange Resort knows how to keep their guests happy.

What can I say we had a fantastic time at the resort the rooms are bright and clean and it is a great location the onsite managers are exceptionally friendly and helpful, this is a very well run resort.

~ peter r, Sydney

qualia, Hamilton Island

Qualia | best places to stay in Queensland

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This luxury resort on Hamilton Island barely needs an introduction as number four of the top 25, but if you’re still waiting to meet qualia‘s hallowed rooms you can live vicariously through reviews like this:

The whole experience, right from entering the grand gates of this resort, to check in, the stay, the view and service just dazzle and delight you.

~ RuchB27, Mumbai, India

Emporium Hotel, Brisbane

Emporium Hotel | best places to stay in Queensland

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Located in the Emporium Precinct in Brisbane, this award-winning boutique hotel has sophistication and modern elegance down pat.

Lovely hotel set in a very trendy area with plenty of restaurants, shops, and amenities nearby. Our room was very comfortable. Luxurious decor and beautiful bathroom, with two sinks and plenty of lighting. The room service is excellent. All of the staff is extremely helpful and accommodating, from the front desk and concierge to the house keepers. Highly recommended.

~ Pam K, Birmingham, Alabama

Freestyle Resort, Port Douglas

Freestyle Resort | best places to stay in Queensland

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This beachside getaway is surrounded by tropical gardens that make for the ultimate tropical escape. Shops, restaurants, markets, and Four Mile Beach are only a few minutes away for whenever you want to venture out.

We recently stayed at the Freestyle Apartments whilst in Port Douglas for the GBR Marathon. The space in our apartment, facilities, pool & outdoor area & location made for a very comfortable & enjoyable stay! Anne, the owner, was extremely welcoming and made sure we had everything we needed to get the most out of our time in this beautiful part of Australia.

~ Jessica T

The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites, Brisbane

Stay at The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites and surround yourself with the old-world-style elegance, sophistication, and luxury of this boutique hotel.

A touch of luxury. Beautiful hotel everything you could wish for. Spacious room with comfortable bed and sitting area. Very friendly and attentive staff. The restaurant was amazing, Thomson reserve. Will definitely stay here again at the earliest opportunity.

~ Linhughes6, UK

TRYP by Wyndham Brisbane, Fortitude Valley

TRYP Hotel | best places to stay in Queensland

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Nestled in the heart of Fortitude Valley, TRYP Hotel provides the ultimate cool vibes with all rooms and levels exhibiting artwork by world acclaimed street artists. With a restaurant, rooftop bar, and rooms with private spas available, what more could you want?

Spent a lovely 5 nights at TRYP which is just around the corner from exciting nightlife, restaurants and bars. The hotel is very clean, modern and the staff are all very helpful and knowledgeable about the area and Brisbane. The rooms are quirky, have a nice ambience to them and our room on the fourth floor had a good view. Definitely ideal for young couples or friends looking for an exciting time in Brisbane.

~ Julia22sansone, Melbourne, Australia

Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments, Brisbane

Fashion, style, and design come together to create the edgy yet classy Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments. Providing modern technologies and grooming facilities (steamer or straightener anyone?) this hotel is perfectly suited to the corporate traveller.

The staff are fantastic and the quality of the facilities are incredibly high. If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing environment to stay for a short time, this is most certainly the place for you!

~ Dave P, Brisbane, Australia

Empire Apartment Hotel, Rockhampton

Empire Apartment Hotel | best places to stay in Queensland

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Residing in a prime location along the Fitzroy River, the Empire Apartment Hotel in Rockhampton is one of the most luxurious accommodation options in the Capricorn Region. With 120 rooms, this riverfront hotel boasts the best views in town.

I have stayed at the Empire before and consider it to be the best place I stay at (I spend about 1/4 of my life away from home). It was great to come back with my wife and let her experience this great place in a spacious one bedroom apartment.

~ Graham, Cairns, Australia

Lizard Island Resort, Lizard Island

Lizard Island Resort | best places to stay in Queensland

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If you’re after a true tropical escape, then Lizard Island Resort is for you. Located on the Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North Queensland, the island has 24 pristine beaches to relax on, as well as snorkelling and diving sites to explore.

My family ( two adults, two teens and an 11 year old) stayed here for 6 days over New Year during our first ever trip to Australia. For all of us Lizard Island Resort was the standout highlight of our entire amazing trip. The island is a breathtaking place and in the words of one of the staff members ‘a place that touches your soul’.

~ Joanne B, UK

Paradise on the Beach Resort, Palm Cove

Staying true to its name, Paradise on the Beach is just that, a piece of paradise right on the beach in Palm Cove.

It was great to return to Paradise on the Beach Resort at Palm Cove. We had a ground floor unit with the pool just outside our door. No worries with noise from other guests in the pool. Unit was very clean, bathroom clean. Great proximity to restaurants and to the swimming enclosure. A very pleasurable experience.

~ Barb P, Townsville, Australia

What do you think? Which Queensland hotel would get your top vote?

*This post was first published in 2014 and updated in February 2018.